TCOB-TAKE CARE OF THE BALL
“Guard your heart above all else for it determines the course of your life.” Proverbs 4:23
In my view, basketball is not the only game, but the best game.
I began loving basketball at age 4 when my father took me to the gym during his days as the high school janitor. Swish is one the best sounds heard on the planet. S-W-I-S-H!
Early in my basketball life, I was coached to take care of the basketball, for he who has the ball controls the game. In basketball math, every possession has a point value. Great college teams score 1.4 points per possession, mediocre teams score under one point per possession. That’s a huge difference!
Lifeball is the only game I know that is more fun, more valuable, and more challenging than basketball. Guarding your heart is the single most important life skill to master in the game of life I affectionately call Lifeball.
Basketball and Lifeball have so much in common. You win games in basketball by taking care of the ball. You win in Lifeball by guarding your heart.
St. Peter says it well in his first book.
Stay alert! Watch out for your enemy, the devil. He roams around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. Stand firm against him and be strong in your faith. Remember that your Christian brothers and sisters all around the world are going through the same kind of sufferings you are.
A personal challenge for today. Read and apply the advice recorded in Ephesians 6:10-16